Key Stat: Career-high seven tackles against Arkansas State
Buzz: McKinney almost had his first career pick-six against the Red Wolves, but the ball slipped out of his hands. McKinney has shown the ability to cover and make tackles at a high level. Facing an Ole Miss receiving corps this weekend that some have called the nation’s best, McKinney will need to have another strong outing.
Key Stat: Four of his eight catches went for touchdowns
Buzz: After showing flashes as a freshman, Jeudy is having the breakout sophomore campaign many expected. He’s secured eight passes for 151 yards through two games. With Ole Miss’ top cornerback Jaylon Jones out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, Jeudy could post impressive numbers again in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Key Stat: Totaled eight sacks last season
Buzz: Davis has yet to record a sack this year, but it’s only a matter of time before the behemoth lineman brings down an opposing quarterback. He’s totaled six tackles in two outings. The Crimson Tide will need Davis and the rest of the defensive line to disrupt Ole Miss’ high-powered passing attack by supplying pressure on quarterback Jordan Ta’amu.
Key Stat: Seven touchdown passes in 65 attempts
Buzz: Since taking over for Shea Patterson over halfway through last season, Ta’amu has been spectacular for Ole Miss. After amassing 1,682 yards through the air in just seven games, Ta’amu has picked up right where he left off in 2018. He’s thrown for a combined 784 yards while completing 67.2 percent of his passes in two games.
Key Stat: Averaged 16.6 yards per reception in 2017
Buzz: While Metcalf comprises one-third of Ole Miss’ talented receiving corps, which has dubbed itself the “Nasty Wide Outs,” he could see an increase in targets Saturday night if Alabama tries to shut down leading receiver AJ Brown. Metcalf caught 39 passes for 646 yards and seven touchdowns last year.
Key Stat: 311 combined rushing yards in two games
Buzz: Ole Miss has witnessed a revival in its ground game and Phillips has been a major reason why. A JUCO transfer who joined the Rebels in the spring, Phillips ran for 1,070 yards and 13 touchdowns at Jones County Junior College last fall. How Ole Miss’ rushing attack fares against Alabama’s defense could be a deciding factor.